People at all stages of their careers look for work that ‘fits’. But most of us don’t know how to find it. This is as good an assessment tool as I have seen. The intersection of these 4 things is probably where you’ll be productive and happy.
1. What you’re good at (Ability)
2. What makes money (Financial security)
3. What helps others/society (Altruism)
4. What you enjoy
This is why when you go to a career counselor, they give you some tests and talk to you about your goals, what you like to do in general, etc. They don’t start with… what do you want to do for a living?
For many of us, we’re pretty good at #4. We’re sketchy on #1 and pretty clueless where the intersection of #1 and #4 meet #2.
This is why we need to try new things. But most of us get hung up at a very young age on #2 and then end up miserable. Sometimes this is our own fault. We don’t live within our means so we get used to spending and having ‘stuff’. If you want to make money — great. But finding the intersection of all of these is not easy for most of us.
Also, we are very quick to judge others (and ourselves) when it comes to careers (and lots of other stuff). Just for today, try to look at a career path in new way. Which of these 4 are you working on?
Reminder of my 3 criteria for how I spend my time: 1) am I having fun? 2) am I learning? 3) am I appreciated?
The basis of this post came from: Yermie Cohen’s dad (med student, engineer, start up founder) Quora.com
Photo Credit: 42 to Know about 42
Maegan PrenticeOctober 23, 2018
Ikigai – the reason to live
Sometimes its referred to as “the reason I get up in the morning”.
Came across this concept while I was in Japan, but never made it to Okinawa (ogomi I think) where they have the greatest number of residents who are over 100. Their story is the basis for the 4 areas of life you talk about, but they don’t speak of it as something to achieve, the simply live it.
DeborahOctober 23, 2018
hi Maegan, that makes perfect sense. modern living can be crushing to the psyche and the spirit. All we can do is look to other cultures and our own internal voices to help us navigate this crazy world! thanks for the comment D